Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Amherst sleeps out to protest climate change

By Lauren Vincent

February 21, 2010

Filed under Campus News, Environment

Christopher Potter has been living in a tent on the University of Massachusetts campus for 121 days. The sophomore political science major is protesting the use of fossil fuels for electricity by refusing to sleep in the dorms...

MASSPIRG urges better recycling in the Commonwealth

By Ted Rogers

February 2, 2010

Filed under Archives, Campus News, Environment

Imagine Fenway Park, filled to the brim with water and Gatorade bottles.   According to Angelica Carey, a sophomore Biology major at the University of Massachusetts, this is around the amount of plastic bottles that could be...

UMass scientist bakes for cyber security discoveries

By Michelle Williams

January 26, 2010

Filed under Archives, Campus News, Science & Technology

Experimenting with flour, salt and yeast, cyber security expert Kevin Fu of the Computer Science Department at University of Massachusetts spends a good deal of time baking up bread. Fu says that spending time in the kitche...

Student activism heads toward the web

By Niina Heikkinen

January 21, 2010

Filed under Science & Technology

This year, student activists have a new tool on Google Maps to help them publicize their protests and find support from like-minded students across the country. Angus Johnston, professor of American student activism at City University in New York, began tracking student ...

UMass scientists design microscope so powerful it can see individual molecules

By R.P. Hitt

January 19, 2010

Filed under Archives, Campus News, Science & Technology

In the spirit of Chancellor Holub’s initiative to make the University of Massachusetts Amherst a research powerhouse, biology professor Patricia Wadsworth and physics assistant professor Jennifer Ross are developing a new microscope...

UMass researchers link sleep habits to learning

By Tim Jones

January 19, 2010

Filed under Archives, Science & Technology

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have been watching students while they sleep – all in the name of science. A recent study conducted at UMass has been attempting to clear up the sometimes murky connection between...

UMass physicists trying to reveal the mysteries of the universe

By R.P. Hitt

December 3, 2009

Filed under Science & Technology

University of Massachusetts physicists will be performing experiments with the, as of Nov. 20, fully functioning Large Hadron Collider, which boasts the largest machine in the world with very sophisticated instruments. The...

UMass researchers use ‘TinkerPlots’ to teach students data literacy

By Sam Butterfield

December 1, 2009

Filed under Science & Technology

If you were like most, math may not have been your favorite subject in your primary and secondary school education. It was boring, it seemed irrelevant or tedious, your teacher had dandruff and was always wearing holiday sweaters. University...

UMass offers high school students a chance at polymer research

By Collegian News Staff

November 29, 2009

Filed under Archives, Campus News, Local News, Science & Technology

The University of Massachusetts Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is accepting applications from high school students interested in gaining first-hand laboratory research experience. The Center will...

Smith College harnesses solar energy

By R.P. Hitt

November 16, 2009

Filed under Five College News, Science & Technology

The roof of Smith College’s campus center will soon be producing its own energy. Solar panels are to be mounted atop the campus center in the upcoming weeks, according to a press release from Smith released Nov. 6. Community...

UMass researcher shows link between air pollution and obesity

By Angela Hilsman

November 5, 2009

Filed under Science & Technology

An assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts has concluded after a five-year study that high concentrations of air pollution increase health risks on obese people more than on people who are not obese. Assistant...

On Campus Drama lets students speak without censorship

By Niina Heikkinen

November 5, 2009

Filed under Science & Technology

Tired of being told that you need to censor your Facebook profile content for fear of offending a future employer? Looking for a place to post your blog where Mom can’t leave comments? OnCampusDrama.com is here to help. The...